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The Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR) has urged crop farmers to plant more medicinal plants in the system to avoid the disappearance of forest reserves meant for research purposes.
This was at a memorial symposium held in honour of Dr. Oku Ampofo on the theme “Plant Medicine for Health and Wealth: Moving Towards a Ghana Beyond Aid”.
Speaking to journalists, the Executive Director of the centre, Prof. Augustine Ocloo said, the centre is on the verge of losing the forest resources preserved for research purposes as well as for herbal medicines.
“The issue is that, our forest resources are disappearing very fast and if care is not taken, all the plants will be destroyed including the medicinal plants,” he noted.
According to him, the centre has taken initiatives to encourage farmers to develop interests in cultivating more of the medicinal plants.
The Executive Director also called on the government to embrace funding of scientific research to make research more vibrant and adequate and to enhance the development of herbal products.
“We are limited in our research because of lack of funding and if we leave the funding to foreign aids, they would direct the research work, which is not helpful,” he claimed.
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who spoke on behalf of the Vice-President emphasized the benefits the state gets from the herbal medicine industry and how jobs are created in that sector.
“The plant medicine industry has a lot of potentials in terms of what benefits it can give the nation including increasing our foreign exchange demands, creation of jobs and for export purposes,” he noted.
He called on the centre and other industry players including Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to partner government in the fight to mitigate risks associated with the preparation of herbal products.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey